St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Note: In balloting for the 15 elected seats in the House of Assembly on December 13, 2010, the Unity Labour Party (ULP) won 8 seats and the New Democratic Party 7. Prime Minster Ralph Gonsalves of the ULP formed a new cabinet on December 19.
Political Status: Former British dependency; joined West Indies Associated States in 1967; independent member of the Commonwealth since October 27, 1979.
Area: 150 sq. mi. (389 sq. km.), including the Grenadine dependencies, which encompass 17 sq. mi. (44 sq. km.).
Population: 109, 202 (2001C); 135, 000 (2010E). The 2001 figure remains provisional and does not accord with either prior or subsequent estimates.
Major Urban Center (2005E): KINGSTOWN (30, 400, including suburbs).
Official Language: English.
Monetary Unit: East Caribbean Dollar (official rate November 1, 2010: 2.70 EC ...